Student Activities

RIT/NTID enables you to combine the benefits of a large technological university with the intimate, personalized attention of a small college. You will find your social circle includes friends from all majors and from many different cultures. Clubs and activities, sports, field trips, concerts and cultural events all shape the social scene at RIT/NTID. There are a number of opportunities you can take advantage of to foster lifelong friendships while building your academic portfolio.

Sports, Recreation and Activities

Men's Hockey TeamMud TugCity of RochesterThe campus is alive with sports and recreation activities. The RIT/NTID men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic teams have a history of excellence, and more than half of our undergraduate students participate in an intramural or club sport each year. 

The Gordon Field House and Activities Center is a state-of-the-art athletics and recreation facility, featuring a spectacular fitness center, an indoor track, an aquatics center and multi purpose gyms. The campus also has an ice arena, an outdoor track, outdoor tennis courts and playing fields. Currently there are more than 300 student organizations and 29 Greek organizations on campus, offering opportunities to network with professionals in your field, compete in national competitions, and meet students who share your interests. 

Deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing students participate together in intercollegiate and intramural sports. Watch this video on RIT/NTID athletics with a spotlight on the cheerleading team.

Community Service

RIT/NTID is active in community service as a university. For example, students have performed community service for Habitat for Humanity, organized the annual Mud Tug to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and arranged conferences with local business leaders. The time spent involved in clubs and organizations can help build relationships that last well after graduation.

The City and Beyond

Rochester has one of the nation’s largest per capita concentrations of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Rochester also is a true college town. Home to 11 colleges and universities, four of which are within five miles of the RIT/NTID campus, the city offers impressive educational and cultural opportunities. Rochester provides an incredible backdrop for career growth. High-tech, communications, optics, research and manufacturing companies choose Rochester as their base of operations, and offer excellent co-op and permanent employment opportunities.

The greater Rochester metropolitan area is ranked as one of America’s top places to live. For nature lovers, parks, beaches, golf courses, mountains, gorges, lakes, and streams provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and sightseeing. The four-season climate is perfect for seasonal activities like sailing, hiking, cycling, kayaking and snow skiing. There also are plenty of dining and entertainment options. A significant range of art galleries, cinemas, theaters, comedy clubs, restaurants, concert halls and nightclubs featuring live music and dancing are just minutes from campus.

The city is home to professional sports teams in baseball (Red Wings), ice hockey (Americans), soccer (Rhinos), lacrosse (Knighthawks), and basketball (Razorsharks). Rochester’s cultural assets include the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Geva Theatre and the world-renowned photographic and motion picture collections at the George Eastman House.

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Upcoming RIT Athletic Events

Women's Track/Field at Houghton College December Classic
December 13, 2019 - 4:00pm
Men's Track/Field at Houghton College December Classic
December 13, 2019 - 4:00pm
Women's Hockey vs Long Island University
December 14, 2019 - 6:00pm
Women's Hockey vs Long Island University
December 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
Men's Hockey vs University of Guelph
December 29, 2019 - 3:05pm
Men's Basketball vs Alfred State College
January 2, 2020 - 3:00pm
Women's Hockey vs Sacred Heart University
January 3, 2020 - 2:00pm
Wrestling vs Oswego State
January 3, 2020 - 7:00pm
Men's Hockey vs Canisius College
January 3, 2020 - 7:05pm
Women's Hockey vs Sacred Heart University
January 4, 2020 - 2:00pm